The 22nd-ranked Emory University Eagles split a pair of games in Demorest, Georgia on Friday, falling to Bridgewater College 7-4 in the early contest, but bouncing back with a 4-3 win over Rhodes College in the late game to remain alive in the 2014 NCAA Division III Championships.
Emory, seeded second in the tournament, will advance to face Shenandoah University on Saturday afternoon at 12:00 PM in Demorest. Should the Eagles win, they will face Bridgewater at 3:30 PM on Saturday.
Emory 4, Rhodes 3
Emory freshman Jackson Weeg lifted the Eagles to the win over Rhodes with a career-high eight innings, allowing just three unearned runs on six hits and three walks and striking out seven batters. Weeg improved to 4-1 on the year with a win, and lowered his ERA to 1.44, the lowest career mark for a pitcher in Emory history with at least 40 innings pitched. Freshman Kyle Monk pitched a perfect ninth inning to pick up his third save of the season, and second of the NCAA Championships.
After Rhodes took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, senior Brandon Hannon evened the score with a sacrifice fly in the third, and junior Brett Lake scored on an error after a base hit from junior Jordan Selbach to give Emory a 2-1 lead. Junior Wes Peacock doubled in a run in the seventh to push the Eagles' lead to 3-1, before Rhodes struck for a pair of runs in the bottom of the frame to tie the score. Emory would regain the lead in the top of the eighth, scoring a run on a bases-loaded double play, and holding on for the win.
Bridgewater 7, Emory 4
Bridgewater took the early lead in the game, scoring three runs with two outs in the second inning. After Darren Yoder singled in the first run of the game, Bridgewater took advantage of a pair of Emory errors to add on two more runs, and take a 3-0 lead into the third.
Emory cut the Eagles' lead to 3-2 when junior Jordan Selbach drove in a pair of runs with a base hit in the fourth, but Bridgewater added three more runs in the bottom of the inning, and another in the fifth, to increase its lead to 7-2.
The Eagles scored a pair of runs in the top of the eighth inning when junior Brett Lake scored on an error and senior Jared Welch doubled in a run. However, Dillon Via pitched a scoreless ninth inning to close the Eagles out and earn his third save of the year.
Kyle Henshaw earned the win for Bridgewater, holding Emory to four runs on eight hits and striking out 10 batters in seven and two-thirds innings. Freshman Hans Hansen took the loss for Emory, allowing four earned runs on 10 hits and dropping to 8-2 on the year.
Emory now stands at 31-11 overall for the season, and at 2-1 in tournament play. Rhodes, now eliminated, ended its campaign with a 33-17 record, while Bridgewater improved to 36-12.
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May 23, 2014 Lake & Welch Claim National Honors
May 20, 2014 Welch & Monk Named UAA Athletes of the Week
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May 12, 2014 Emory Baseball Named to the NCAA Championship Field
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April 19, 2014 Emory Falls to NAIA #4 Georgia Gwinnett on Senior Day
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February 24, 2014 Baseball Aims to Bounce Back against Oglethorpe
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February 22, 2014 Eagles Shutout 1-0 at Methodist
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